Elise Christie and Charlotte Gilmartin crash out of women’s 1,500m short track speed skating

Elise Christie has been taken to hospital after crashing on the final bend of her 1,500m short track speed skating semi-final at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Christie was trying to move into the second qualifying spot when she and China’s Jinyu Li came together just before the run to the line.

The Scot, who had also fallen in the 500m final, was taken out by Li and went flying into the barriers and both skaters were handed penalties by the officials.

But more concerning was the sight of Christie having to be treated on the ice for a number of minutes, all happening while race officials were determining who had been at fault for the crash.

Christie was clearly in tears as she was wheeled off the ice on a stretcher and any possible injury could cast doubt on her competing in her final event, the 1,000m which gets underway on Tuesday.

Team-mate Charlotte Gilmartin also failed to qualify for the final, having crashed in the closing stages of her semi-final after dropping to the back of the pack.

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